Friday Letter 17/07/2020

Friday 17th July 2020

PQS Part 1 for 2020/21 confirmed

Part one of the Pharmacy Quality Scheme 2020/21 has been announced. There are 14 actions set out in the ‘Part 1 Essential Checklist’ which all relate to your response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, should you meet all the requirements you can claim for £1,630.

Claims will be done through the Manage Your Services (MYS) Portal, you must submit between 14th July 2020 and 23:59 on 29th January 2021.

Click here for the Pharmacy Quality Scheme Letter, including the 14 point checklist

In order to be eligible for Part 2 of the PQS, you must complete part one. Further detail is expected in September 2020.

PSNC have developed support materials for pharmacies, we recommend you go through PSNC Guidance for further information support. Click here to view the PSNC PQS webpage.

Read through the above letter in full and utilise PSNC’s materials and guidance before beginning your submission.

Matt Hancock’s keynote presentation available on demand

Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, gave the keynote address at a recent NPA presentation, this is now available to view on demand.

Click here for Matt Hancock’s keynote presentation

Employing provisionally registered pharmacists

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic’s affects on pre-registration students completing their training as planned, the GPhC have agreed a policy for provisional registration pending successful completing of rescheduled assessments.

GPhC has written to pharmacy owners and superintendents to share guidance about employing provisionally-registered pharmacists.

SSP06 extension issued for Fluoxetine 40mg capsules

The SSP for Fluoxetine 40mg capsules has been extended until 10th August 2020.

This SSP was originally in place until 20th July, but has been extended. This may be outlines procedures to follow in providing a suitable alternative product, two Fluoxetine 20mg capsules in response to the serious shortage affecting the 40 mg capsules. Pharmacists must exercise their professional judgement when considering whether the alternative product is suitable for the patient.

Please ensure you are familiar with the current SSP before supplying the alternative product, and ensure your pharmacy team is aware of the changes.

Click here to view SSP06

Mandatory face coverings from Friday 24th July 2020

It has been annouced that from next Friday, 24th July, it will be mandatory for face coverings to be worn in shops and retail outlets, this includes Community Pharmacies.

PSNC has a webpage with full guidance on the use of face masks and coverings in pharmacy, please ensure you are familiar with the latest updates and guidance before 24th July.

Click here for the PSNC webpage

Electronic notifications for CPCS urgent supply now rolling out

Many pharmacies in England will be able to send electronic notifications for urgent supplies of medicines provided as part of the CPCS by the end of July 2020. 

Click here for more information on NHS Digital

Primary care leaders call for greater freedom to improve the health of their local communities | NHS Confederation

GPs, pharmacists and nurses who are responsible for leading networks of general practices in England want greater flexibility and autonomy to work in a way that is more responsive to their local populations

A year on from their formation, primary care networks have said that delivering a broader range of services, which are more joined up, closer to people’s homes and tailored to local communities depends on them having greater control over the services they deliver and the roles they can employ.

Educational talk of common eye conditions

Scope are holding an educational talk on ‘Common eye conditions in Primary care’ on Wednesday, 29th July.

For more information, please see the following flyer.

Dry Eye Webinar invite

Scope are holding a Dry Eye webinar on 4th August 2020.

The topic, Dry Eye Disease: Effectively managing patients in the community, will be discussed at the evening session. Please see the following flyer for more details.

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